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Looking for great ideas for spending time outdoors with your family? Outbound Family's articles offer how-to advice and tips that will help your family have a great time outside.

  • The characteristics of animal families can vary greatly. Befitting their different habits and habitats, dads in the animal kingdom can exhibit an astonishing range of behaviors. Some show no concern for their offspring, others limit their...
  • By Justin Powell Nature-loving families of all skill levels should be sure to check out an outdoor sporting expos this year. Families who are inexperienced outdoor expos to be a great learning resource, while even families who are experienced in the...
  • By Justin Powell Enjoying a family hike in the forest can be a great way to connect with nature. However, touching certain plants can be bad for you and your kids. Poisonous plants like poison ivy, poison sumac and poison oak are fairly common and...
  • The physical benefits of getting children involved in hiking are innumerable. The data shows that children are not getting enough exercise for their young bodies to thrive. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) childhood obesity rates...
  • By Justin Powell Each year, cooling temperatures and brightly colored leaves mark the arrival of autumn. The fall can be a great time for the family to enjoy the outdoors together, whether hiking under the fall foliage or enjoying a corn maze at a...
  • By Meg Sperring Research has shown that overexposure to the sun's rays is dangerous to human skin. Children are particularly vulnerable as their skin is a delicate growing organ. The best way to avoid damage to the skin is with sun protective...
  • Motherhood is an tremendous responsibility for both human moms and moms in the wild. Mothers in the wild devote themselves to their offspring, just like human moms. These determined mothers work hard to provide housing, protection, and food for...
  • Whether it's a family trip, a trip with a close friend or even summer camp, your child's first camping trip will take some emotional preparation. Doing a little bit of advance prep work can help make the entire situation less stressful and more...
  • Hiking together is beneficial for every member of the family. It allows parents to have fun with their children in an adventurous activity. It's a good workout, but it doesn't feel like a laborious chore like some forms of exercise. Parents should...
  • By Justin Powell Outdoor sporting expos are great for nature-loving families of all skill levels. Families just starting out in the outdoors will find outdoor expos to be a great learning resource. Even families who are experienced in the outdoors...
  • By Bonnie Conrad When many people think about hiking, they picture a strenuous trek into the interior of the Grand Canyon, or a difficult journey into the back country surrounding Yosemite National Park. What those people do not realize is that...
  • By Erica Loop Fall is the perfect time to explore the outdoors with your little one. With vibrantly-colored leaves and a cool chill in the air, an autumn backdrop provides plentiful opportunities for an outside adventure. If you are looking for a...
  • By Jacob Walnut It’s summertime and you know what that means – family camping trips! While there isn’t a shadow of a doubt that family camping trips are fun, heading out into the wilderness unprepared definitely isn’t. If you remember to pack the...
  • By Tamatha Campbell Do you love camping in the great outdoors? Do you enjoy seeing this country’s amazing national parks, and sharing these wonders with your children? For touring the country and for enjoying a leisurely vacation at a campground,...
  • By Bonnie Conrad When the waves of summer heat descend, active people often turn to water sports for refreshing fun and exercise. Whether you like to hit the beach with water boards, paddle down the river or across the lake in an inflatable water...
  • By Justin Powell Backpacking is a great way for families to experience the outdoors together. It involves hiking to a destination and camping overnight - sometimes involving multiple nights and multiple campsites. Backpacking is more immersive...
  • By Justin Powell Eating proper nutrition is important every day, but is especially important when hiking and camping. The rigorous activity of walking a long distance with the weight of a pack will require the right kinds of foods to keep you fueled...
  • By Jay Motes While mummy style sleeping bags are very popular, there are pros and cons of these bags for a buyer to consider before making a purchase. Mummy style sleeping bags are generally rounded at the top and tapered at the bottom to more...
  • By Justin Powell Many visitors to New Jersey are familiar with the populated, commercialized areas near New York City. Yet, the nation's most densely populated state also has much to offer camping enthusiasts. In fact, the state provides a unique...
  • By R. Grimsby Trail maintenance groups work hard to mark and maintain trails for two reasons: To help people avoid getting lost or injured in the wilderness, and to preserve the natural ecosystem. When hiking, it’s a good idea to stay on the trail....